9 December -cool change
- collected 3 buckets of worm casts from worm farm.
- checked hydrangeas. Milk sprays seem to have worked to rid powdery mildew.
- removed powdery mildew-affected grapevine leaves (still manageable).
- removed powdery mildew-affected kao kee leaves (milk spray didnt work). Applied more milk spray.
- lots of pomegranate flowers dropped.
- collected pak choy pods.
11 December - Rain last night.
- Worm casts to kang kong on Patch F.
- Worm casts to kao kee and strawberry pots.
|One of the cucumber vines which I have planted here (Patch B) took off well and is having cucumbers already. Two others died.|
|I planted 4 more pot-germinated seedlings in Patch B. These are cucumber (burpless).|
|Several chilli padi seedlings emerged in Patch B where I placed the pot to over-winter. The seeds must have survived winter from dropped chilli fruits.|
|Patch B+C has kang kong (water spinach) and carrots growing.|
|Patch F has kang kong (water spinach) and Tung O (edible chrysanthemum). It is also where my Carolina Black Rose grape vine is. This picture is taken before I applied worm casts.|
|I got my boy to casually sow pak choy seeds out on the front vege patch and amazing lots of tiny healthy pak choy are growing.|
|Yummy, fresh strawberries every day!|
|This summer, I have 4 cally lily Majestic Red blooming in our front garden. How exciting to see them returning year after year!|
|With an overnight downpour, the duckweeds in the water chestnut tub multiplied like crazy covering the whole surface. The colour contrast of green and blue is very nice.|
|Guess what I found? A ginger shoot! That's from last summer! Ginger (the common one that I use for cooking) actually survived our winter and has emerged! Wow! I feel so excited and hopeful growing ginger.|
|This ginger shoot recently emerged from some stems which I planted in two 40cm diameter pots. Hoping for good results. So far so good.|
|Here's another shoot in the other pot.|
|The galangal ginger which I planted here looked withered, not a pleasing sight. However I strongly believe the underground stems are alive. Time will tell.|